Environmental Management System (EMS)

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The part of an organisation’s overall management system including structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procurements, processes and resources for developing, implementing, achieving, reviewing and maintaining an environmental policy. It involves a combination of processes and practices designed to help an organisation set, track, and meet environmental goals. An EMS involves repetitive cycles of setting goals, evaluating performance and tailoring the system as needed. The international standard, and the most common EMS framework, is ISO 14001.

See: ISO 14001, Environmental management review, Environmental aspects, Environmental management system audit, Environmental objectives.


EPA: Learn About Environmental Management Systems
ISO 14000 family Environmental management